Groceries and Food

How to Rescue Old Fruit

Recently, I bought a pint of dreadful strawberries (I skipped the farmer’s market and took a chance on grocery store fruit.) Unfortunately, there was no saving them. However, I have found several ways to save fruit just on the verge of going bad. It not only saves money, but it adds variety to my menu. Apples Apples are so easy to use up. If they’re bruised, cut off…
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What Do You Think About Shrinking Groceries?

Unless you grow all your own food, you’ve probably noticed that our groceries are shrinking, but the prices aren’t. I’m not thrilled by this development. What’s the cause of this phenomenon and what can you do about it? The Shrinking Groceries Phenomenon Products have shrunk in the past. I noticed that Starkist tuna shrank from 7 ounces to 6.5 ounces a couple years ago. That wasn’t too big…
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Frugal Comfort Foods

Winter comfort foods are the best. They fill you up, they make you feel warm inside, they’re comforting, and most of the time they’re cheap. Of course, you can make winter foods that much better by cooking them fresh. Not only will you reduce the calories and sodium, but it’s friendlier for your budget, too. My Top Seven Winter Comfort Foods: Homemade chicken pot pie Chili with cheddar…
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How to Prepare for Produce Stand and Farmer’s Market Closures

If you’ve enjoyed saving money and higher quality food by shopping at farmer’s markets and produce stands all summer, you might in for a shock this winter when the market closes. My Los Angeles farmer’s market is open year-round, so I don’t need to worry about finding affordable local produce in the dead of winter. I’ve heard that produce stands and markets in other regions do close in…
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Stretch One Meal into Two with Leftover Recipes

A lot of people hate leftovers. Who wants warmed over chicken from the night before, served exactly the same way? Blah, boring. But leftovers don’t have to be bad. You can change things up a little bit to stretch one meal into without spending a lot more money. It also saves a lot of time. Leftover Chicken  This is one of my favorites. If you’ve got a leftover…
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Freezing Bread, Herbs, and Sauces, and Freezer Storage Times

Yesterday I regaled you with tales of my love for freezing food. I covered the necessary tools and methods for freezing meat. Today I focus on bread, sauces, and herbs. I’ll also give you a list of freezer storage times and tell you what not to freeze. Then you, too, might join me in my ode to the freezer. Freezing Bread and Cookies Freezing bread is easy – and…
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Daily Food Diary Review: NutriMirror

We all have different reasons for watching out on what we eat. Some do it for health purposes but most of us do it for weight loss. That's why weight loss journal, diet journals or food and exercise journals are in right now. Food intake and exercise is a huge factor which affects our body weight. So by making sure that we keep track of what we eat…
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Top Ten Frugal Winter Foods

When the weather gets chilly, I tend to be drawn towards heavier, warmer food. Dishes we’d usually consider comfort food. Here are my top ten choices for filling winter foods you might want to try. As a bonus, most them are pretty darn frugal, too. Roasted Chicken Roasted chicken appeared on my fall foods list, but it’s also one of the simplest, most satisfying winter foods around. There are…
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Frugal Office Snack: Homemade Microwave Popcorn

I recently read Mark Bittman’s new book and discovered his recipe for homemade microwave popcorn. I don’t usually buy microwave popcorn because it’s expensive and I’m not a fan of the taste, but I’ve recently been craving popcorn like nobody’s business. My office supplies free snacks, so I could use their bags, but I still don’t like the taste or all the chemicals. Today I gave the homemade…
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Food Diary Reviews: FitDay and TheDaily Plate

This morning Good Morning America did a segment about using food diaries to lose weight. I’ve found them to be an important tool in my battle to get (and stay) in shape, mainly because they make me accountable for my food choices. I can’t “forget” about that small bag of Cheetos, and I can see that it added 20 grams of fat to my day. That’s hard to ignore, and…
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